As the Technical Support & Training officers, the persons will be responsible for supporting the Capacity Building Specialist in preparing educational and training material for government and implementing agencies for better uptake of the PMFBY scheme. The Technical Support & Training officers will collaborate closely with project associate UNDP, the project admin focal point for all requisite submissions to be made to UNDP on a regular basis.
The Technical Support & Training officers will be based at New Delhi (with extensive travel to the States/Field) and shall work under the guidance and supervision of the Capacity Building Specialist – Agriculture Methods and Extension. The Technical Support & Training officers is responsible working closely with other consultants will undertake the following responsibilities: -
I.Technical and Implementation Support Services and Training for State TSUs
(i)Support for preparing the annual state level crop insurance plan and premium subsidy budget;
(ii)Support for seasonal and annual bidding process with the authorized insurers. Training in understanding crop actuarial and rating and product design, sums insured and coverage levels;
(iii)Technical support in all aspects of crop insurance program design and major focus on state level implementation (including strengthening of CCE's, accounting of premium subsidies and timely settlement, farmers education and training programs, M&E);
(iv)Undertake extensive visit to State offices to provide both implementation and monitoring support to State Government for effective implementation of PMFBY;
(v)Assist National PMU/TSU & States with developing targeted knowledge products & materials and best practice documentations;
(vi)Support the Capacity Building in identifying the capacity needs of key stakeholders who will be involved in implementing PMFBY;
(vii)Support in developing manuals and training materials for delivery, marketing, administration, and monitoring of PMFBY, working closely with the project design team;
(viii)Facilitate and organise training programmes and workshops to disseminate the information on PMFBY;
(ix)With the Senior Insurance Specialist - Product R&D specialist, support training the staff of insurance companies and other implementing partners using the manuals developed and conduct awareness seminars for potential farmer clients;
(x)Make logistical arrangements for conducting the baseline survey and collecting information and data related to major crops and weather risks and Knowledge Attitude Practices Surveys (KAP);
(xi)Identify key personnel and develop partnerships with local implementing agencies;
(xii)Assist during the delivery of educational training to farmers and other beneficiaries;
(xiii)Gather feedback related to PMFBY products from the farmers and other implementing partners to help refine the services and implementation;
(xiv)Assist in preparing periodic reports related to the implementation and progress of the project and flag any risks to the PMU;
(xv)Assist the Head - TSU cum monitoring and evaluation specialist in overseeing project implementation and the functioning of the implementing partners, especially adherence to enrolment guidelines, claim settlement at the state level, etc.;
(xvi)Liaise with UNDP, Ministry of Agriculture, relevant government agencies and all project partners, including donor organizations and NGOs for effective coordination of all project inputs;
(xvii)Provide technical backstopping for inputs for training activities supported by the Project;
(xviii)Provide timely inputs for the timely submission of all progress reports as may be required by UNDP, the Ministry of Agriculture;
(xix)Foster partnerships with key national and state government departments, private insurance companies, farmers organsations and relevant technical institutions working on agriculture insurance and related issues.
(xx)Support the Head – TSU for successful achievement of the project objectives;
(xxi)Carry out any other task assigned by the PMU or the Capacity Building Specialist, Agricultural insurance specialist and monitoring and evaluation specialist.